Aston Villa transfer news: 'Plenty of options' as Gerrard looks to strengthen key position

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Luke Hatfield believes that Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will “consider” adding a left-back to his squad in January.

Gerrard has made the perfect start to his tenure at Villa Park, collecting six points from his first two games.

Left-back Matt Targett got the ball rolling at Crystal Palace last weekend, but Hatfield reckons that Villa need someone to provide competition for the ex-Fulham defender.

What are Villa’s current options at left-back?

Villa have two in their squad right now, although one of which is a 36-year-old Ashley Young.

Targett, whose opener at Selhurst Park ended his two-year wait for a Premier League goal, is the clear and obvious first-choice right now, starting all but one league game this season.

Both players actually started against Palace, with Young playing ahead of Targett in a more advanced left-sided role, which only strengthened the latter’s position as number one.

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Villa do have other options, with Tyrone Mings having previously played at full-back during his career, although he’s best centrally.

With Villa unlikely to allow themselves to get into a position where Mings will be forced into moving out to left-back, Hatfield thinks that bringing in another body in January is something Gerrard will be open to.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “You can understand why you would want some competition there and there will be plenty of options that they’ll consider.”

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Who could Villa sign in January?

According to The Sun, Gerrard has ordered the Villa hierarchy to deliver him a new left-back in January, with it reportedly being seen as a ‘top priority’ for the former Rangers manager.

Furthermore, German outfit BILD believe that Villa are targeting a move for Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa, who’s been impressive in the Bundesliga for some time.

Sosa scored once and has chipped in with three assists in the German top-flight this term, which comes after he managed 10 assists in 26 outings last season.

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In complete contrast, Targett has laid on just five assists in 83 Villa appearances, with his game focused heavily on being solid defensively, whilst Sosa is clearly a more modern day, forward-thinking full-back.

Therefore, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see someone like Sosa arrive in January and battle it out for the number one left-back spot rather than providing cover for Targett, whose attacking numbers clearly aren’t high enough for Gerrard.

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